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Last Hope Island - Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War-logo

Last Hope Island - Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War

Lynne Olson

A groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as "Last Hope Island." Getting there, one young emigré declared, was "like getting to heaven." In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive "H7" monogram became a symbol of his country's resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible. Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans' heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans' reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations-gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe-that helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion. A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olson's bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island

A groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as "Last Hope Island." Getting there, one young emigré declared, was "like getting to heaven." In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive "H7" monogram became a symbol of his country's resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible. Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans' heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans' reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations-gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe-that helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion. A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olson's bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island
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A groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as "Last Hope Island." Getting there, one young emigré declared, was "like getting to heaven." In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive "H7" monogram became a symbol of his country's resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible. Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans' heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans' reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations-gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe-that helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion. A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olson's bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey, Kimberly Farr

Length:

18h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

16:14


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

43:32


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

23:07


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

52:22


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

45:34


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

27:13


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

38:21


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

32:42


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

34:00


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

33:20


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

56:48


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

32:31


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

54:42


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

52:53


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

41:57


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

49:53


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

52:47


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

36:26


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

30:12


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

25:47


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

30:22


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

31:35


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

45:56


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

59:31


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

42:27


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

24:46


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

37:01


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

18:55


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

22:47


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

32:23


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

00:40